Are you familiar with Sambucus Nigra? Does the name “Elderberry” insinuate something of a very special nature to you? We thought so… And it just so happened to be the basis behind our curiosity with this deciduous shrub.
It’s of great surprise that the majority of Americans (and presumably a large percentage of the modern world) have never heard of Elderberry. Not just because this is a shrub or a small tree that has been used medicinally for thousands of years, or because Hippocrates (the father of medicine) himself went as far as calling the Elderberry his personal “medicine chest.”
No, No, No... Those aren't the reasons that most of us should be familiar with this newly proclaimed nutraceutical. The simple fact is, most of us likely have an Elderberry tree nearby!
Sambucus Canadensis (North American Species of Elder) are commonly found all over the East Coast of the U.S and realistically speaking, you probably wouldn't recognize one if it was sitting right in your backyard! So how could it be that a plant with such a long standing medicinal history, powerful medicinal properties, and of overwhelming abundance be ignored by the medical community of late? Good Question!
During my curiosity quest, I came across a research project posted by the University of Maryland Medical Center and can be found in their Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide. The introduction starts off like this:
“Elderberry has been used for centuries to treat wounds when applied to the skin… It is also taken by the mouth to treat respiratory illness such as cold and flu… Some evidence suggests that chemicals in elder flower and berries may help reduce swelling in mucous membranes, such as the sinuses, and help relieve nasal congestion. Elder may have Anti-inflamatory, Antiviral, and anticancer properties.”
Fantastic! This is very promising… Right???? A major Medical Research Center like the University of Maryland, very cautiously, supports the use of Elderberry against Influenza. Okay, so let’s take a look at the next study we found on WebMD which happens to date back to 2003.
“A new study shows… Sambucol, a black elderberry extract, appears to short-circuit flu symptoms…” the article then proceeds with “A small study published five years ago showed that 93% of flu patients given Sambucol were completely symptom-free within two days; those taking a placebo recovered in about six days.”
Shocking! You mean to tell me that there is additional scientific and medical research that validates the effectiveness of an Elderberry Extract combating the FLU virus since 1998… Meanwhile in 2013 we are still being urged and subjected into taking a FLU VACCINE that was concocted by a few scientists, over a short period of time, in a billion dollar pharmaceutical laboratory, with the sole purpose of generating significant amounts of revenue?
Sheesh… I’m at a loss for words.
I hope that it's highly apparent to anyone reading this blog, that thousands of people are having severe adverse reactions to the Flu Vaccine.
The same CANNOT be said for Elderberry!
As a matter of fact, according to Dr. Russell Greenfield, medical director of Carolinas Integrative Health, black elderberry “can be given to children and adults with no known side effects or negative interactions.”
Off to take my Elderberry! Thanks for reading! Until next time… Keep It Pure | ThePureWay